Something I’ve always wanted, and have never sewn up is a Pake Muu.
I mean, it’s only been in my sewing queue for three years! Pake Muus were popularised by Alfred Shaheen during the 40s and 50s, when he blended chinese and polynesian styles.
I finally bit the bullet this week and modded a Simplicity pattern to make my very own! (sorry for the creases, I had been out and about!)
The pattern was Simplicity 8244, a 1950s repro that had some of the details I wanted – namely a slim fit, and mandarin collar.
To begin with, I removed a lot of the sleeve to make it a standard set in sleeve. Then I placed the side of the front piece that didn’t have buttons on a fold and voila – Pake Muu front! I only made some slight pattern tweaks for fit after that.
The sleeve patterns were mocked up from something else, and lined with contrast rayon just like a traditional Pake Muu. I even lined the leg split with contrast fabric, and finished off with frogs.
The fabric is the most stunning pink rayon covered in white and teal philodendrons, I found it in a hawaiian fabric shop earlier this year. I think it could be a Sunsurf or Tori Birch end roll.
So how was it? One of the easiest things I’ve ever made, and took 3 metres of 150cm wide fabric. I cannot wait to make more!
- Changed shoulders to set in sleeve
- Moved zip to side
- Lowered bust darts
- Removed one front dart totally and moved excess to side seam and other dart
- Made a slash neck and facing